Department Of Interior
|Office of the Secretary||
Contact: Hugh Vickery, DOI 202-501-4633
|For Immediate Release:April 22, 2004||
Phil Carroll, FWS 503-807-6196
Interior Secretary Norton to Announce Innovative Agreement to Conserve At Risk Species on Private Farm in Idaho
Also To Release Status Report on National Parks in Oregon
(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton will announce an innovative voluntary agreement to conserve four at-risk species on a northeast Oregon farm, during an event Saturday, April 24, at the Oregon Zoo. It is only the second such voluntary agreement that addresses the needs of multiple species on private lands.
The agreement between the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Threemile Canyon Farms provides for
continued operation and development of the farm while protecting and
managing sensitive habitat of four key species: the Washington ground
squirrel, the loggerhead shrike, the ferruginous hawk and the sage sparrow.
Portland General Electric,
The Nature Conservancy and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
are also partners in the agreement.
"This agreement is an
excellent example of the approach we need to take to conserving species
that are in decline not only in Oregon but across the country,"
Norton said. "By providing incentives for landowners to take action
on their property, we foster a spirit of innovation and partnership
that can do far more to protect and conserve species than the government
can do alone."
At the event, Norton will
also make available to the press a status report on projects to improve
national parks in Oregon by addressing longstanding maintenance needs
and upgrading visitor facilities.
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